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What I loved was the diversity of ideas explored and the diversity and number of actors involved. - Susan Allen.

inspiraTO's 15th season sets the stage for the future!

Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it. -Augusto Boal

Thank you to all those who made the 14th inspiraTO Festival a memorable experience: to the directors, actors, production crew, countless volunteers and audiences who realize the beauty of the ten-minute play art form (not to mention the amazing opportunities to network with so many theatre creators). We also made our announcement, to the delight of so many people at the Awards Ceremeny, about inspiraTO's new shift moving forward, with all the plays being 'Unhinged' for the 2020 season.* Read below for details.

See who the award winners were in the 14th inspiraTO Festival: See here.

We are so excited! inspiraTO is taking a LEAP (which is also next season’s theme). The plays in the 2020 season will all be Unhinged*:

-          All plays will be selected by a lottery

-          Each theatre creation will be 10 minutes

-         100% of tickets sales will go to the artists

-         Each theatre co/individual will have full creative control AND address next season’s theme: LEAP. Further details to follow.

*inspiraTO is applying for Fringe status with the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals. This shift in approach was approved by the board at our last meeting in April.

We experimented with Unhinged this season with the blackShow (we had 43 lotttery applicants). Audiences were thrilled. We know the timing is right to make this something that future theatre artists want to be part of – with quicker and simpler ways for artists to show their work and build a network of peers. The creative challenge of a yearly ‘theme’ will be there. 

Hats off to all our artists, production crew and volunteers in bringing us to where we are today.

 A very special thank you to all the playwrights who submitted their plays to our contest (we had over 6,500 ten-minute play submissions over the years). We have been truly inspired by your scripts and have been delighted in producing 280 ten-minute plays. 

This shift in direction builds on our mandate of increasing participation by giving even more opportunities (especially for Canadian artists). It also allows for more forms of theatre creation to blossom in this art form.

The details of the lottery and how the festival will work will be posted on our website in the coming months.

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If you haven’t experienced the festival before read what others have said:

The range of talent was astonishing! Each ten-minute play was a wonderful slice of theatre, bursting with all the energy and heart of a full-length play. - Ann McDougall

 
Amazing!! My family and I are visiting Toronto from the U.S. on vacation, and this has been my favorite thing that we’ve done in Toronto. It is so invigorating and refreshing to see such a plethora of work from emerging artists. What an excellent tradition. Thank you!! -Kessler Catterall

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I had no idea that such an art form was ripe for both artist and audience members.
It is an art form whose time has come.
— Ydessa Hendeles
 

Theatre inspiraTO, the producers of the inspiraTO Festival, Canada's largest ten-minute play festival, is entering its 15th year. Each season, playwrights from around the globe submit a ten-minute play based on a theme. The inspiraTO Festival is held in Toronto in late May/early June and provides over 100 theatre artists an opportunity to participate, network, learn and grow their craft.